Repairing Xbox 360 Stuck Optical Drive
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Repairing a DVD tray in an Xbox 360 that is sticking or will not open.
- Author: ehart13169
- Time required: 30 minutes to 1 hour
- Difficulty: Moderate
If your DVD tray won't open when empty, but seems to work fine with a game in it, chances are good the belt is slipping or it is dirty inside (or both). This guide walks through fixing this issue.
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The other vent has two holes towards the front of the xbox. Slide the finger of the xbox tool or the pointed end of the spudger into these holes to release the front two clips. There are two additional clips that are release from the sides, lift from the front as you release those clips. The back clip on the bottom is under the rubber "foot".
Use the xbox tool to release the five points under the serial number label and start to lift the cover from that side. There is a clip in the middle you also may need to release. Then use the xbox tool to release the last two points at the power connection. Lift the bottom cover off the xbox.
Now is a good time to blow the dirt out. The fan shroud has a clip in the center, you can release that with the finger of the xbox tool and lift it straight up. The fans have two clips, one above each fan, lift up on the metal lip to release them. Don't forget to unplug the electrical connector also. Clean it out and re-assemble these parts.
After cleaning, reinsert the tray into the DVD drive and make sure it slides smoothly. When you push it the whole way in, it should lock in place again. Re-assemble the DVD drive, now it is ready to go back in the xbox. Re-assemble the xbox in the reverse order, and you're ready to go!